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Darren Cioffi Sets Yet Another World Record at CSWC Qualification in Sweden

Darren Cioffi, owner of Principle Cigars, did it again. He repeated history by winning the Cigar Smoking World Championship Qualification Tournament in Sweden – again. The tournament took place at Mellgren’s Fine Tobacco in Gotheburg on April 16, 2016. Cioffi set a new world record in slow smoking – it took him 2 hours, 31 minutes and 37 seconds (151 minutes, 37 seconds) to finish the Macanudo Inspirado Petit Corona. Previously, Mr. Oleg Pedan of Russia, winner of the CSWC 2015, was holding the world record at 147 minutes and 41 seconds.

Igor Kovacic, currently No. 3 on the list of the slowest smokers, proved for the third time to be the best Swedish competitor. With 2 hours, 6 minutes and 56 seconds he missed his own record of 147 minutes and 20 second by approximately 20 minutes. A big surprise was André Bornecrantz Dias who finished as second best Swedish competitor at 1 hour and 22 minutes.



His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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